HC Deb 25 July 1960 vol 627 cc1054-5
10. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in preparing a further agreed Western disarmament plan, he will seek to embody the French proposals on means of delivery.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

There are no separate French proposals on the means of delivery of nuclear weapons. Proposals on this matter were already included in the Western plan of March, 1960, which was supported by France. The revised United States plan of 27th June, which has Her Majesty's Government's general support, includes more far-reaching proposals on this subject.

Mr. Henderson

Would not the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that an agreement for the establishment of an appropriate system of control of bomber bases and rocket sites, pending the achievement of agreement for the total abolition of nuclear weapons, might make a very substantial contribution to the problems which arise from the danger of fear of surprise attack?

Mr. Lloyd

We have been in general sympathy with the French view about trying to give increased priority to this matter. Indeed, increased priority has been given in the revised United States plan. But the French Government themselves have never put this forward as a proposal in isolation from all other disarmament measures. We should regard them as right in that.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

While acknowledging that the right hon. and learned Gentleman has several times given some support to M. Moch's proposals, will he assure the House that Her Majesty's Government will try to secure the abolition of all means of delivery as quickly as possible?

Mr. Lloyd

Certainly, in proper relationship to other measures of disarmament.